Monthly Archives: November 2012

Erythromycin: not another toxic placebo!

Erythromycin is an antibiotic. This much is true. It is active against mycoplasma and against ureaplasmas, but is very poor at actually eradicating them. It also stimulates motilin receptors in the bowel, that is why it increases bowel activity, and … Continue reading

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More about reflux: anti-acid medications may also be toxic placebos

While I am still finalizing my long overdue chapter on gastro-esophageal reflux (sorry Sanjay if you are reading this, it is on its way, honestly) I have been reviewing the data on acid blockade as a potential treatment. Probably the … Continue reading

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Home again

Back from the trip to Australia, still a bit frazzled.. but we had a great time, the conference was excellent, the hospitality even better, thanks to Peter (and Noni), Lex, Jennifer and Niki. I have put my presentations on this … Continue reading

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Weekly updates 15

Lacey DJ, Stolfi A, Pilati LE: Effects of hyperbaric oxygen on motor function in children with cerebral palsy. Annals of Neurology 2012  Hyperbaric oxygen really, really doesn’t work for treating cerebral palsy. This is the second good trial of hyperbaric … Continue reading

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NICE! Or mostly so… treatment of early onset neonatal infection

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence in the UK has been a real boon to the NHS, despite attempts to limits its influence by the pharmaceutical companies, the explicit evaluation of risks and benefits of various interventions allows appropriate use … Continue reading

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The Politics of Probiotics

Annie Janvier and John Lantos and I have just published a ‘different view’ article in Acta Paediatrica, which has just appeared on-line. For various reasons we were asked to remove the references, so I list the references that we based … Continue reading

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Premedication for Intubation

There are several studies of what premedication should be used for intubation of the newborn. An analgesic or anesthetic agent should be given in to reduce pain, which also reduces the adverse physiologic consequences of the intubation. Several studies of … Continue reading

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